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Becky Cooks - Baked Oatmeal

A crispy, creamy, cross between porridge style oatmeal and oatmeal cookies, this has become one of my most cherished recipes. Two years ago I had never heard of it, but the ladies from our Community Educational Outreach Service made it as part of a breakfast for a group of 4-H bikers and it was a HUGE hit. I was still hearing how good it was months later. Never let it be said of me that I passed up a chance to try a new recipe, especially one that seems so universally liked - so I asked the ladies for the recipe and gave it a go.
The recipe, as I originally got it, is below but I've added my own notes in orange. Why orange? Because I like it, of course!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned or quick rolled oats (not instant)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar If you want to save some calories, Splenda works here
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, divided Why stop there? If you like almonds, pistachios, or peanuts why not use those?
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing the dish Really? I don't worry about unsalted - salted is what I use everyday, so it's what I use here. You can always decrease the amount of salt called for in the recipe to compensate.
  • 2 tart yet sweet baking apples, such as Honey Crisp, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks (about 2 cups) Lol, kind of finicky for my taste - just chop up a couple apples, they're all good!

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease an 8 or 9-inch baking dish with butter.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, 1/2 cup of the nuts, raisins, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
  3. In another bowl, break up the eggs with a whisk; then whisk in the milk and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Add the milk mixture to the oat mixture, along with the melted butter.
  5. Scatter the apples evenly on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. I'm not sure how important that is, I just stir the apples into the batter. Pour the oatmeal mixture over top and spread evenly. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup nuts on top. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the top is golden and the oats are set. Serve warm or at room temperature.

This makes six very hearty servings. If you're not a big eater I'm sure you could get nine out of it. It reheats beautifully in the microwave and it freezes well, although I've never frozen it. I love my oats and have it every morning, so I keep it in the fridge and cut a piece each morning .


Image Credit » http://pixabay.com/en/oatmeal-muffins-cakes-healthy-287760/ by shannonlee

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Comments

BeckyWiegers wrote on March 29, 2015, 8:27 AM

This is really good! I also have added, at various times, dried cranberries, cherries, or blueberries.... oh, and raisins!

wolfgirl569 wrote on March 29, 2015, 9:24 AM

I think I will try this minus the nuts. False teeth dont like nuts lol

Alexandoy wrote on March 29, 2015, 9:13 PM

I used to experiment with oatmeal and one time I came up with a baked parstry of oatmeal and sweet potato.

Jacobb9205 wrote on June 2, 2015, 9:08 PM

Mmmhh that looks delicious, thank you for the recipe!